David S. Golub
Top rated class action & mass torts attorney in Stamford, ConnecticutSilver Golub & Teitell LLP
David S. Golub is a graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School and is a partner in Silver Golub & Teitell LLP, which he helped found in 1978. Throughout his nearly 50-year legal career, he has sought to utilize the law to further a commitment to constitutional and civil rights and protection of the disadvantaged in a trial and appellate practice encompassing virtually every aspect of litigation. He is currently the head of the firm’s Class Action & Complex Litigation Practice.
Throughout his career, Mr. Golub has devoted a substantial portion of his practice to constitutional, civil rights and other pro bono matters. Although a lifelong Democrat, he successfully represented the Connecticut Republican Party in a voting rights case in the United States Supreme Court, establishing the right of a political party, rather than the State, to determine who may vote in a party’s primaries. He has represented The New York Times and Times Mirror Corporation in First Amendment litigation, one of Connecticut’s senators in a case involving the constitutional rights of the mentally retarded and Connecticut’s Chief State’s Attorney in civil rights litigation. Mr. Golub has represented the NAACP, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and other state and national civil rights organizations and parties in constitutional litigation, appearing on behalf of such organizations in amicus roles in litigation involving diverse issues such as discrimination in education, the rights of mother and child and state death penalty litigation. Mr. Golub has argued twice before the United States Supreme Court, more than 40 appeals in the federal courts of appeal and on numerous occasions in Connecticut’s appellate courts. He has litigated cases in state and federal courts across the country.
Mr. Golub served as lead private counsel for the State of Connecticut in its sovereign enforcement action against the tobacco industry and participated in the nationwide litigation leading up to the national settlement that resulted in a $3.6 billion recovery for the State of Connecticut. Connecticut’s leading role in the nationwide litigation was specifically recognized by a special panel of former attorneys general, which concluded that the contribution of Connecticut’s legal team to the national settlement was among the top five of the 57 states and other entities involved in that litigation. As a result of that finding, the State received a special award of an additional $370 million of the national settlement proceeds.
Mr. Golub has also maintained an active trial practice for individual plaintiffs. He obtained the first plaintiff’s verdict for an injured smoker ever rendered in New England, winning a judgment ultimately totaling (with interest) more than $52 million after lengthy trial and appeal proceedings. The verdict was upheld by the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and, in related proceedings, by the Connecticut Supreme Court, establishing the standards for recovery against cigarettes companies under Connecticut product liability law. He successfully represented a news anchorwoman in a highly publicized gender discrimination and retaliation trial against the Post-Newsweek Company, obtaining an $8 million verdict for her. He won a $10 million verdict for an executive in a wrongful termination lawsuit against Exxon Corporation in one of the first cases to use tort remedies in employment litigation and secured a $4 million judgment for a former employee of IBM as a result of a private security firm’s wrongful invasion of his privacy. Mr. Golub represented Ernie Cobb, a former basketball star at Boston College who was accused of point shaving in a highly-publicized case involving Henry Hill of “Goodfellas” fame. Mr. Cobb was acquitted after a jury trial in federal court in Brooklyn.
A long-time opponent of the death penalty, Mr. Golub helped overturn the death penalty in two pro bono cases in Florida cases. He was appointed to serve as lead counsel on behalf of Connecticut’s death row inmates challenging the discriminatory application of Connecticut’s death penalty laws in a special proceeding authorized by the Connecticut Supreme Court. The peer-reviewed study of the administration of capital punishment in Connecticut developed in the case was cited by the Connecticut Supreme Court in its 2015 decision declaring Connecticut’s death penalty statutes unconstitutional.
Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Golub taught clinical trial practice at the University of Connecticut School of Law for two years and, after leaving the UConn faculty, taught trial practice at Yale Law School for a number of years on an adjunct basis. He has been an invited speaker before Connecticut and national legal associations and lay groups. Mr. Golub has received the National Legal Aid and Defender Association’s annual award for outstanding volunteer contributions by a private attorney to legal assistance for the poor. He has been recognized as a “lawyer who makes a difference” for his work in tobacco litigation. He is a recipient of the Paul J. McQuillan Public Service Award from the Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association for his work in helping to abolish the death penalty in Connecticut. He has been recognized in numerous categories in Best Lawyers in America since its inception in 1984 and as one of the top attorneys in Connecticut and New England by Super Lawyers, which featured him on the cover of Connecticut Super Lawyers in 2007. In 2015, he received The Connecticut Law Tribune’s “Professional Excellence Award,” honoring his distinguished legal career, and in 2016 he received the “Learned Hand Award” from the American Jewish Committee for the excellence of his legal work and contributions to the community.
Mr. Golub is currently serving as lead counsel for Connecticut’s public employee unions and their employees in ground-breaking First Amendment class litigation barring a state from ordering mass layoffs of union employees to coerce collective bargaining concessions. In that litigation, the unions and more than 40,000 union employees have recovered nearly $250 million dollars in lost wages and pension benefits and other awards. Mr. Golub helped the United States government recover $150 million in a whistleblower action against a major defense contractor, then the largest amount ever recovered under the federal False Claims Act. He was lead counsel for 70 Connecticut municipalities seeking recovery of money lost because of the Enron scandal, winning a $35+ million judgment after trial, then the largest amount ever awarded against a public entity in Connecticut. Mr. Golub also served as lead counsel in a class action against Xerox Corporation for violation of ERISA pension laws, obtaining a settlement providing increased pension benefits to approximately 40,000 present and former Xerox employees in what was then the largest class action in Connecticut history. He was also on a team of Class counsel that obtained a $75 million recovery against The Hartford on behalf of structured settlement annuitants denied full annuity policy benefits, and he was counsel for the Town of Fairfield, CT, pension funds in litigation that enabled the Town to recover its $15 million losses from investments with Bernard Madoff.
In 2020, he joined on a team of class counsel in emergency class action litigation against the Federal Bureau of Prisons that produced a settlement providing crucial COVID protections to inmate at FCI Danbury.
Practice areasClass action/mass torts: plaintiff, Civil litigation: plaintiff, Civil rights
- 80% Class action/mass torts: plaintiff
- 10% Civil litigation: plaintiff
- 10% Civil rights
First Admitted: 1973, Connecticut
Professional Webpage: https://www.sgtlaw.com/attorney/david-s-golub/
- National Legal Aid and Defender Association’s Annual Award
- Pisel v. Stamford Hospital, 180 Conn. 314 (1980)
- Izzarelli v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, 806 F. Supp.2d 516 (D. Conn. 2011), question certified to Connecticut Supreme Court, 731 F.3d 164 (2d Cir. 2014), appeal sub judice, S.C. 19232
- Retirement Programs of the Town of Fairfield v. Madoff, et al, FST CV 09 5023735 S (Conn. Super. CLD at Stamford)
- Peckinpaugh v. Post-Newsweek Stations Connecticut, Inc., 3:96 CV 2475 (AVC) (D. Conn)
- Dowie v. Exxon Corporation, Civ. No. B-83-468 (TFGD) (D. Conn)
- Serricchio v. Wachovia Securities, LLC, 658 F.3d 169 (2d Cir. 2011)
- Westport Taxi Service, Inc. v. Westport Transit District, 235 Conn. 1 (1995)
- See Spencer, et al v. Hartford Financial Services Group, et al, 256 F.R.D. 284 (D. Conn. 2009)
- Tashjian v. Republican Party of Connecticut, 479 U.S. 208 (1986)
- Anglim v. Xerox Corporation, B-83-2511 (EBB) (D. Conn.)
- United States v. Ernie Cobb, (E.D.N.Y. 1983)
- Republican Party of Connecticut v. Democratic Party of Connecticut, WL 6844181 (Conn. Super. Oct. 30, 2014)
- Proffitt v. State, 510 So.2d 896 (Fla. 1987); Proffitt v. Wainwright, 756 F.2d 1500 (11th Cir. 1985); Proffitt v. Wainwright, 685 F.2d 1227 (11th Cir. 1982); Brown v. Wainwright, 785 F.2d 1457 (11th Cir. 1986)
- In re Racial Disparity, TSR-CV-05-4000632 S (MIS) (Conn. Super. at Rockville), appeal pending, Connecticut Supreme Court, S.C. 19252
- Town of New Hartford, et al v. Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority, 291 Conn. 433 (2009)
- United States ex rel. Keeth v. United Technologies Corporation, Civ. No. H-89-323 (AHN) (D. Conn.)
- State Employees Bargaining Coalition, et al v. Rowland, 718 F.3d 126 (2d Cir. 2013), cert. denied, 134 S.Ct. 132 (2014)
- State of Connecticut v. Philip Morris, Inc., et al, CV-96-0148414-5(X02) (Conn. Super. CLD at Waterbury)
- In 1984, he obtained acquittal for Ernie Cobb, a Boston College basketball star, on federal charge of point-shaving in Brooklyn federal court.
- In 1991, he obtained a $1+ million judgment for a private taxi company in an anti-trust action against a municipal transit district, upheld by the Connecticut Supreme Court in 1995.
- In 1986, he obtained a $10+ million verdict for a wrongfully terminated Exxon executive in one of first cases to apply tort theories to employment cases.
- From 2002 to date, he has served as lead counsel in a class action for Connecticut’s public employee unions and union employees challenging the legality of mass layoffs of thousands of unionized public employees, ultimately obtaining a precedent-setting ruling by the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit that the layoffs violated the unions’ and union members’ First Amendment right to freedom of association, resulting in a $100+ million settlement with the State for 40,000 unionized public employees approved by General Assembly’s Judiciary Committee.
- In 1978, he and his partner, Richard A. Silver, obtained a verdict of $3.6 million after a medical malpractice trial in Stamford, the first verdict of more than $1 million in Connecticut history.
- From 2005 to date, he has served as lead attorney for Connecticut death row inmates challenging the constitutionality of the administration of capital punishment in Connecticut on racial disparity grounds in a special proceeding authorized by the Connecticut Supreme Court.
- In 2015, he successfully represented the Connecticut Democratic Party in an election eve challenge to campaign finance practices.
- From 2005-10, he represented defrauded owners of structured settlement annuities in a nationwide class action against Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc., resulting in a $75 million recovery for over 20,000 defrauded class members.
- In 2009, he obtained a $1+ million recovery after trial for an Army reservist denied reinstatement as a financial advisor on return from active duty, upheld by the Second Circuit in 2011 in a precedent-establishing case under the Uniform Services Employment and Re employment Act
- From 1996-98, he served as lead private counsel for the State of Connecticut in its action against the tobacco industry, part of the nationwide litigation resulting in the national settlement that provided a $3.6 billion recovery for the State. Connecticut’s leading role in the nationwide litigation was specifically recognized by a special panel of former attorneys general, which concluded that the contribution of Connecticut’s legal team to the national litigation and settlement was among the top five of the 57 states and other entities involved in the litigation. As a result of that finding, the State received a special award of an additional $370 million of the national settlement proceeds.
- In 2010, he obtained a verdict and award of $28 million for an injured smoker suffering from effects of smoking-related larynx cancer, the first verdict in a smoking case ever rendered in New England.
- From 2003-09, he served as lead counsel in a class action for 70 Connecticut municipalities to recover for losses sustained as a result of a quasi-public trash authority’s improper dealings with Enron Corporation, resulting in a $35.8 million judgment after trial (believed to be largest award ever rendered in Connecticut against a public entity), upheld on appeal by the Connecticut Supreme Court.
- In 1986, he successfully argued a voting rights case on behalf of the Connecticut Republican Party in the United States Supreme Court, establishing the right of a political party to conduct open primaries.
- From 1983-87, he served as lead counsel in nationwide class action for 40,000 Xerox pensioners, then the largest class action in Connecticut history, resulting in a settlement that provided increased pension benefits for approximately 40,000 present and former Xerox employees.
- From 2008-13, he represented the Town of Fairfield and its pension plans in litigation that enabled the Town to successfully recover $15+ million it had invested in Madoff-related investment vehicles.
- In 1999, he obtained a $8+ million gender discrimination and retaliation verdict for Post-Newsweek-Channel 3 news anchorwoman.
- From 1988-1994, he represented the relator in a federal False Claims Act action against United Technologies Corporation, resulting in a $150 million recovery for the United States, at the time the largest amount ever obtained in an FCA action.
- In the 1970s and 1980s, he worked on two pro bono Florida death penalty cases obtaining the reversal of the sentence and reversal of conviction.
- Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, Bachelor of Arts, 1970
- Trial Practice, Yale Law School Trial Practice, University of Connecticut School of Law
- Human Rights Commentator, Connecticut Bar Journal, April 1981
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
- Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
- American Board of Trial Advocates
- American Association for Justice
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
- U.S. Supreme Court
- Connecticut Bar Association
Office location for David S. Golub
1 Landmark Square
Stamford, CT 06901
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